October 15, 2018 Herb

Photo Caption: AARP States It’s that time again. Medicare Fall Open Enrollment occurs annually from October 15 to December 7.   During this time period, Medicare recipients can make unrestricted changes to their Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D) plans during this Open Enrollment Period. Medicare beneficiaries can begin shopping for the best Medicare coverage during Medicare Fall Open Enrollment by evaluating whether this year’s Medicare plan coverage is still appropriate for their health care needs.  They can begin by gathering their Annual Notice of Change (ANOC)/Evidence of Coverage (EOC) letter; a list of…

October 7, 2018 Herb

Photo Caption: National Institute on Aging This year’s influenza (flu) season has begun (the viruses are most common in the fall and winter) and state health departments are gearing up their efforts to mobilize to combat this contagious respiratory illness. Just over a week ago, at the Washington, DC-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) along with other public health departments, and health care professionals kicked off the 2018-2019 flu vaccine campaign. At the September 27th press conference, the CDC early estimates indicate that “more than 900,000…

October 3, 2018 Herb

  Photo Credit: AARP It’s not a surprise this writer.  Millennials and Generation Xers are as concerned about their personal finances, debt levels and the nation’s economy, as aging Baby Boomers, says a newly released AARP survey.  While poll after poll shows that Social Security and Medicare remains as popular as ever to Baby Boomers, this study’s findings reveal that Millennials and Generation Xers also see the value and importance of these programs. Just days ago, the Association of Young Americans (AYA) and the Washington, DC-based AARP, released this study, it is the second in their series of…

September 25, 2018 Herb

Today, the AARP Foundation released a new survey that finds that 1 in 3 adults age 45 and older are lonely.  While AARP researchers found that the percentage is unchanged from a previous loneliness study conducted, the study finds that about five million more middle age and older adults are lonely due to growth in this age group among the population. Looking back at survey findings over the years, researchers say that loneliness and isolation have emerged as key public health issues that can drastically impact a community’s quality of life and the U.S. economy if not properly addressed. The…

September 19, 2018 Herb

  National falls prevention observances throughout the nation are being held during September to raise the public’s awareness of the importance of preventing falls, particularly in the older adult population.  During September, in New Jersey, educators, caregivers, health providers and aging professionals will focus their efforts on one goal, that is preventing falls. “Falls prevention is a team effort that takes a balance of education, intervention, and community support,” said Kathleen Cameron, Senior Director of the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) National Falls Prevention Resource Center, in a statement announcing NCOA’s 10th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22. “This…

September 11, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: nesdis.noaa.gov Today, New Jersey Governor Murphy and Colonel Callahan today advised New Jersey residents to plan for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence on the state. The Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the conditions of the hurricane and are working with counties to address any storm related needs, he says. Colonel Patrick Callahan, State Police Superintendent and the state’s Director of Emergency Management, ice, announced the deployment of 80 members of New Jersey Task Force 1 to assist with the search and rescue operations, including swift-water rescure, as Hurricane Florence moves…

September 5, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: AARP New Jersey policy makers will benefit from the newly released AARP report, Across the States 2018: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports, by Ari Houser, Wendy Fox-Grage, Kathleen Ujvari, of AARP’s Public Policy Institute. Just released last month, the 84-page report provides comparable state-level data pulled from a large number of research studies and data sources, some of the data coming from original sources. Each state profile is a four-page, user-friendly, print-ready document that provides each state’s data and rankings. The Washington, DC-based AARP considers Across the States to be “the flagship publication”…